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The US District Court for the District of Columbia Monday blocked Penguin Random House’s proposed $2.2 billion acquisition of Simon & Schuster on the grounds that the consolidation would substantially reduce competition in the publishing market. Judge Florence Y. Pan found that the US government demonstrated that “‘the effect of may be substantially to lessen [...]

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Families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Connecticut school shooting filed a motion Friday asking a Connecticut judge to order controversial talk radio host Alex Jones to pay hefty punitive damages, on top of the nearly $1 billion in compensatory damages Jones has been ordered to pay by a jury in the defamation [...]

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The United Nations Human Rights Office (UNHRO) Friday expressed concern over Turkey’s adoption of amendments to various laws “that risk substantially curtailing freedom of expression in the country.” On Thursday, Turkey’s parliament passed a new bill that could see journalists and social activists jailed for spreading “disinformation” for up to three years. The bill was [...]

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The central government of India Thursday announced a three-member commission to examine whether Scheduled Caste (SC) status can be extended to groups that claim to historically belong to SC status, but have since converted to other religions. Groups with SC status are have been historically marginalized and discriminated against and are provided reservations in jobs [...]

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A federal judge in Boston Friday dismissed the Mexican government’s $10 billion lawsuit against major US gun manufacturers that sought to hold them responsible for illegal trafficking of guns into Mexico. A victory for US gun manufacturers, the decision by Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor held that the claims of Mexico did overcome the broad [...]

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Criminal barristers in England and Wales Thursday agreed to vote on ending their ongoing strike following a new package of reforms and fee uplifts offered by the government. The Criminal Bar Association (CBA), which represents members of the criminal bar in England and Wales, cited years of under-funding by the government as the motivation behind [...]

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The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine Friday updated the Human Rights Council that based on the evidence gathered, Russia has committed war crimes in Ukraine. The Commission had been set up in March through Resolution 49/1 with a mandate to investigate the alleged violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes in [...]

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The European Commission (EC) Tuesday announced its decision to prohibit US biotechnology company Illumina’s acquisition of the cancer-test provider GRAIL, citing concerns on the takeover’s impact on competition in the market. The Commission opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition last July, citing concerns that Illumina could engage in vertical input foreclosure strategies considering [...]

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India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) Monday released its Crime in India 2021 Report. The report registered 31,677 cases of rape in 2021 for a daily average of 87 cases. The findings suggest a 12.9 percent increase in rape cases registered over the previous year’s figure of 28,046 cases. The NCRB, which functions under the [...]

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Former Apple Inc. engineer Xiaolang Zhang pleaded guilty Monday to theft of trade secrets from the company’s self-driving vehicle program. According to filings with the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Zhang admitted to one count of trade secret theft. The case dates back to 2018 when Zhang was indicted for stealing [...]

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